Country Representative for Turkey
Irfan has over 25 years of experience and expertise in livestock production. He received his Master of Science and Ph.D. in animal husbandry and breeding & selection systems from Ankara University, Turkey.
He started his career as an Agricultural Engineer in Turkish Agricultural Bank for ten years and later transferred to the Yuzuncu Yil University, Faculty of Agriculture, Animal Sciences Department as an Assistant Professor in Van, Turkey. Irfan worked as a Lecturer and Researcher in University and managed the Vocational School of Bitlis for two years.
After seven years he transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture of Turkey, under the General Directorate of Agricultural Research and worked as a researcher in the National Small Ruminant Project for two years. He began working in the UN-FAO/SEC office as a JPO and prepared some international projects and organized several national and international meetings and workshops between 2009 and 2011. After his contract has ended, he transferred to Ministry of Food Agriculture & Livestock as a Small Ruminant Research Coordinator and managed National Small Ruminant Project for five years. During this period, he completed his Associate Professor academic criteria and produced more than a hundred academic articles on different livestock issues.
In 2016, he arranged the 12th International Conference on Goats in Turkey on behalf of the International Goat Association and participated as the chairperson of the conference. He is the IGA Country Representative for Turkey and has worked as a consultant for many national and international projects. He has been actively working in the ERA-Net project as the work package leader.
Highlights of his professional experience include:
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